John D Leitch Arrives in the Port of Owen Sound
Owen Sound, Ontario – January 14, 2016 – Escorted by the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker and buoy tender Samuel Risley, the bulk carrier John D Leitch (Algoma) arrived in Owen Sound harbour early this morning.
The 730′ Leitch joins two other Algoma ships current in the harbour. The Leitch along with the Algoway and the Olympic will remain in Owen Sound over the winter.
For the slightly smaller sister ship the Algoway, this will be its final visit to Owen Sound as it is scheduled to be replaced by a series of new Equinox class vessels currently being built in China and Croatia. (More about the Algoway including photos of it recent arrival in port at www.mapleseedgallery.ca/blog/algoway_final_layup).
Including the Risley escort, the Algoma Olympic and the MS Chi_Cheemaun (which were already in port), the Owen Sound harbour look magnificent this morning with five ships in dock.
About the John D. Leitch: This unique traditional styled Great Lakes, self-unloading bulk carrier was built by Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, ON (hull #41). She was christened Canadian Century for Upper Lakes Group, Inc., Toronto, ON on April 15, 1967 by Mrs. G.E. Gathercole, wife of the Chairman of the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario. The Leitch is powered by a Burmeister & Wain type 574 VT2F 160 diesel engine rated at 7,394 b.h.p. at 115 r.p.m. burning intermediate grade 180 fuel driving a controllable pitch propeller giving the vessel at service speed of 14.5 knots. She is equipped with a 1,000 horsepower bow thruster. Her enormous single hold is fed by 22 hatches. She can carry 25,700 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 31,600 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 29 feet 4 1/2 inches. Capacities include 465 tonnes of fuel oil, 75 tonnes of diesel oil, 186 tonnes of potable water, and 17,348 tonnes of water ballast. [excerpt from article by George Wharton on Boatnerd.com http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/johnleitch.htm]